Overwatch

Puzzling Overwatch teleport glitch sends Reaper flying across the map

Published: 25/Feb/2020 6:44

by Brad Norton

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While Reaper’s Shadow Step ability can be a great way to teleport into enemy backlines in Overwatch, a jaw-dropping glitch is now sending the Damage-based hero all the way across the map.

Positioning is absolutely pivotal in competitive Overwatch as flanking Damage-dealers are often able to swing team fights in their favor thanks to an early elimination or two.

However, not all heroes have been able to maneuver through the many maps in-game lately as Reaper’s Shadow Step has hilariously been leaving the hero stranded in the middle of nowhere.

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Reaper’s Shadow Step ability is often a great tool to use when flanking enemy defenses.

Former Overwatch League talent for Boston Uprising, Stanislav ‘Mistakes’ Danilov has experienced Blizzard’s hero shooter at all levels of competition since its release. As a result, there’s no denying his time spent grinding away with a versatile range of Damage-based heroes like Reaper.

Caught entirely off-guard in the midst of a heated battle on Temple of Anubis however, even the former pro was left stunned by a bizarre Reaper glitch.

With his Death Blossom at the ready, Mistakes was looking to teleport into the enemy backlines before unloading a hail of bullets on nearby foes. Amusingly enough, he was sent back to the first section of the map for no apparent rhyme or reason.

Standing still upon realizing where he was repositioned, the veteran couldn’t believe what had just happened mere moments away from potentially clinching a victory.

Expanding on why the issue might have cropped up in the heat of combat, ‘Foster_ow’ responded to the post and outlined how “the game doesn’t know where to place you” if you line up your teleport with the top of a friendly Mei wall.

“It teleports you to the default 000 point which happens to be this part on Anubis,” they elaborated.

While the bug will only occur when both abilities align in perfect synchronicity, this type of drastic detour could certainly cost you a match in the near future if you’re not careful.

There’s no telling if the issue will soon be resolved in a future update, so be on the lookout for Mei and Reaper compositions as they may actually prove to work against one another until the bug is fixed.

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Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

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Call of Duty League
Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.